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on 14 August 2008
There are excellent books on Genghis Khan, Kublai Khan and one on Tamerlane, but this is the only book I know of that takes the 200 years of Mongol expansion and warfare and puts them in one book.

Well that's what I thought until I read it and realised that what the book ACTUALLY does is spend virtually all its time on Genghis down to Kublai and then summarises the next 100 years of Mongol history in...3 pages. Tamerlane is basically swept under the carpet and excused from the book as being Turkic rather than Mongol- a dubious excuse as most of the invading "Mongols" against Japan were either Chinese or Korean. So had I known that it's actually the Mongols 1190 to 1300 I probably wouldn't have bought it because plenty of books cover the Genghis Khan dynasty.

The book opens with a simple example of a tomb in Poland and a drawing in Japan both showing Mongol invaders and that pretty much sums things up. Some people who don't know their history say that Russia has never been conquered and that Afghanistan has withstood all invasions, the Mongols were able to achieve both and so much more.

The book itself is well written and has lots of maps- vital considering the sheer scale of conquests being described here. There are also lots of photos (although some aren't professionally taken- which you can tell- and others are black and white for no explicable reason) which make the whole read more lively.

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Baring in mind the title it has been published under it's a very thin book and could have easily been double the length and it still would have only been about 200 pages. This would have given the second half (less well known half) of Mongol/nomad battling history the same coverage as the first half. Overall it's a well written introduction to the devil's horsemen.
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on 19 December 2003
This book is like most Osprey Essential histories book; it covers the main ideas very well, in this case the Mongol conquest. The book is more of a summary rather than an in depth looks at the subject, which would require a massive book. The conquest by the Mongols, of certain areas are not covered as much as other areas. For instance the Mongol conquest of Persia is briefly covered while the conquest of China/Korea is more detailed.
The problem with books concerning the Mongols is that, most of the sources are from people who were terrorized by the Mongols; therefore the books written about them reflect this point.
I'd recommend the book if you want a concise but succinct look on the Mongol conquest.
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on 28 July 2006
This book does not overwhelm. It puts things plainly but in a way that is interesting and provides enough depth to keep you reading without the need to look at other books for reference, for an introduction to this subject look no further
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on 22 August 2015
Good introduction to the Mongol Empire. Details some of the later, lesser known campaigns as well.
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on 10 September 2014
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on 11 November 2007
a book wich explaining about a boy of the mongol tribe
whou by uniting all the mongol tribes with his generals such as subodai'badur
and sartaq and his sons provoked a world war.starting with the chinese
and ending with the persian campaigne it is the best book about genghis
khan i have seen. by all means if you are interested in the subject
i recomend you to bye it.
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